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TEFL certification with Oxford Seminars or an online course?

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  • yda_lu
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    8 December, 2017 at 11:58
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    I have a bachelors degree in art education, and my goal is to teach ESL in Taiwan. I am currently living in a rural area, and the only in-class course near me is through Oxford Seminars. Upon researching this company, I have received some mixed reports about whether it is worth the fee. Is it better to get my certification through an online company that is very reputable, or is an in-class course always better than an online one?
    Thank you!

    TEFL Workshops
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    10 February, 2018 at 20:21
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    Oxford Seminars and online courses generally offer the same level of training. Very introductory. Not much use for the long term. The only good online courses are those offered by CELTA or TESL Canada course providers.

    teflonline@teachaway.com
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    26 July, 2018 at 19:19
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    How to choose a reputable online course?

    The first piece of good news: most employers aren’t concerned with whether you choose to get TEFL certified online or in person. Any reputable online or in-person course will teach the same curriculum that meets international TEFL industry standards.

    This means that even if you have limited options in-person near you, there are a wealth of courses available to you online.

    Your next step will be to gauge which online TEFL course meets those standards mentioned above. Check out reviews online (like you’ve done already) and ensure the course is offered by a reputable provider (who knows how to teach you about teaching!) with international name recognition, such as a university. I personally recommend the OISE TEFL course https://teflonline.teachaway.com/, but see what works for you!

    Avoid those too-good-to-be-true online courses and aim for a course of at least 100 hours of study.

    Keep in mind there are some pretty great benefits to studying online. These courses are often self-paced and often more affordable than an in-person course.

    Hope that helps!

    dan
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    29 July, 2018 at 19:53
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    The first piece of good news: most employers aren’t concerned with whether you choose to get TEFL certified online or in person. Any reputable online or in-person course will teach the same curriculum that meets international TEFL industry standards.

    This simply isn’t true. A lot of employers are concerned with whether you choose to get TEFL certified online or in person.

    It does vary from country to country – have a look at the job vacancies currently available and you’ll see that in some countries, finding a job with an online TEFL qualification is next to impossible, whereas in others most employers will accept one.

    But to write a blanket statement like “most employers aren’t concerned with whether you choose to get TEFL certified online or in person” is completely misleading and unhelpful to potential teachers who are new to TEFL.

    Dan

    teflonline@teachaway.com
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    30 July, 2018 at 20:07
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    It is always a good idea to do your research first and find out if your potential employer has any specific requirements you need to look out for, as there is always the possibility a school might require something as specific as an in-person course, but this is uncommon and not the measure of a good TEFL course.

    There is no global set of standards nor international governing body for TEFL. This means that anyone can design & sell a TEFL course. As such, the most important factor in choosing a TEFL course is the provider. You’ll need to make sure you are getting TEFL certified from a reputable provider. Taking an in-person course does not guarantee quality and there are many online courses that are reputable, such as International TEFL Academy or the OISE TEFL course.

    Online reviews, graduate stories, and the course designers are all excellent ways to judge whether a course is going to meet your needs!

    dan
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    1 August, 2018 at 17:04
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    there is always the possibility a school might require something as specific as an in-person course, but this is uncommon

    It is not at all uncommon – it is, on the contrary, very common!

    I agree with most of the other things you say:

    – taking an in-person course does not guarantee quality
    – there are some very high quality online courses available
    – choosing a reputable provider is very important

    But… your statement above is, again, misleading and just not true! I know that you represent one of the online course providers you mention, which is fine, but making misleading statements will not endear you to potential trainees…

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